We are learning more and more that the nutritional choices parents make for their toddlers can affect their children’s health outcomes later in life: the salty or sugary foods they learn to love now may lead to long-term health issues, like obesity and diabetes. Although there are plenty of great, healthy options for you to build your child’s diet, there are some definite items to avoid that contain few or no nutrients and can cause major health issues for your child as he or she grows.
Avoid feeding your toddler these foods
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